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Poster: Dave Davis Date: Mar 20, 2017 5:45pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: “Alright folks, here’s the one it’s all about,”

lso not to be missed is the Johnny B Goode encore. Introduced by Jerry with, “Alright folks, here’s the one it’s all about,” this version does indeed bring the house down. The Dead surge with such power here that even this straight up rock-n-roll classic demonstrates that this band was cruising at the top of their game. Fantastic Summer ’71 Grateful Dead all around.

Read more: http://www.deadlistening.com/2009/04/1971-july-02-fillmore-west.html#ixzz4buuNj7Qv



http://www.deadlistening.com/2009/04/1971-july-02-fillmore-west.html

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Poster: William Tell Date: Mar 21, 2017 7:51am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: “Alright folks, here’s the one it’s all about,”

Yes, this is excellent; it's a glimpse of the boys in action--the "movement" associated with some of the feedback efforts in which merely to achieve the sounds they were after, we see them contorting and climbing about the back of the stage, something that I always felt was absent from the latter years...it's odd; I didn't want "my" band to be doing theatrics, like so many of the groups in which IT and not the music alone was the message/medium, but I also somehow felt there was a bit of going thru the motions, or merely, a sense of being detached from yet again another performance during the yrs I saw them, when they might have been almost statues on the stage...

This one shows you a time when they clearly enjoyed what they were doing, whether they jumped around or merely shuffled their feet and smiled (that's all I really needed to see).

(As LiA often reminded me, my heros in CREAM generally remained largely motionless, and let the music do all the 'talking'...so I know I am a bit conflicted on what I wanted out of our boys).

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Poster: unclejohn52 Date: Mar 21, 2017 9:39am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: “Alright folks, here’s the one it’s all about,”

Got to agree - often missing in the later years was any sense they were enjoying themselves. It's one of the reasons I've always enjoyed this US Blues clip from 78 - corny as it is, sloppy, missed lead guitar, then pulled up to greatness just by sheer energy and FUN. (In fact, must of this show is just plain fun.) Rock should be fun.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NdjlOPBBGXE

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Poster: William Tell Date: Mar 21, 2017 11:05am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: “Alright folks, here’s the one it’s all about,”

Yup!! What's a bit funny, uj, is that in the 70s I used this "motionless, entranced by their efforts and the music" appearance as a point of pride in arguing how much more of "real" musicians they were than bands that had lots of props and gimmicks and what have you...so I know it can cut both ways--as you say, it should at least appear "fun", right?

The real irony is that the band could have turned this against me: I was a real statue at many key moments! I recall a gal at a concert remarking to me "you and you're girlfriend are the ONLY ones hardly moving! you must be a real musicologist I bet!!" (when at the time, I knew NOTHING about such things, but did listen v intently, that's for sure!). That girlfriend was stoned out of her mind, however, so I can speak for her...I was listening and holding her up at the same time.

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Poster: HankAndLeeStamper Date: Mar 21, 2017 11:13am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: “Alright folks, here’s the one it’s all about,”

This is one of the things I've enjoyed about the video releases, seeing the band from an up close camera perspective. i sometimes wondered if they were enjoying themselves at all, much less enjoying it as much as i was. but jerry didn't talk a lot and he had a big beard. with an up close camera shot, it seems he was smiling and laughing - particularly with Brent - a lot more than i realized from wherever in the hall i happened to be. pretty sure its in the Alpine valley "down hill from here" vid they show a close up of jerry as he quietly sings "i wish i was a headlight on a northbound train" for the first time, and he breaks into a broad grin just before belting it out the second go round to cacophonous cheers. stuff like that really hits home for me, love to see him enjoying what brought me so much joy.

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Poster: Shug909 Date: Mar 21, 2017 11:30am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: “Alright folks, here’s the one it’s all about,”

Yeah, I was out in the hallway with the serious dancers at most shows at Oakland Coliseum and other venues, so some shows I did not get a single visual of the band. And I'm not one to try to get up close in a general admission venue anyway, so I never really saw the Dead up close other than watching these videos. I get the same enjoyment from seeing small gestures of being pleased in the band members, I love it too.

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Poster: William Tell Date: Mar 21, 2017 11:26am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: “Alright folks, here’s the one it’s all about,”

Oh yeah, sometimes a subtle facial change was more than enough...on the other hand, I get that the Eleven was tough, and no time for "fun and games", anything except severe concentration I suppose (eg, during that extreme "build up" jam)...another way in which the "fun" came thru was the banter in the early days...When Jerry describes the music and the speed of sound, and broadcasts, and so on at Harding, he is clearly having fun, loving it all...and excited to "be there". This isn't as obvious later on.

Not unlike my friends in CREAM: when Ginger and Jack start harassing EC during a string break/change, in the first year at a tiny place in Germany I think, it's entertaining and a look "into" what was a group that COULD have fun together...and a yr later, on a big stage w gazillions watching, that interaction was lost for them as well.

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Poster: unclejohn52 Date: Mar 21, 2017 5:31am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: “Alright folks, here’s the one it’s all about,”

This has long been a favorite J B Goode for me - I had it stored on my DVR for years (along with Casey Jones) from the documentary "Last Days of the Fillmore." The clip shows the room exploding with rock'n'roll energy, and demonstrably shows this band at the height of its power.

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Poster: SomeDarkHollow Date: Mar 21, 2017 6:53am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: “Alright folks, here’s the one it’s all about,”

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CNQCCKJdidk

Outstanding. Must see for those who haven't yet.

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Poster: HankAndLeeStamper Date: Mar 21, 2017 4:47pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: “Alright folks, here’s the one it’s all about,”

Watched it for the first time ever today. Makes my remarks below about seeing a smile out of Jerry seem a little ridiculous by comparison.

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Poster: Vermoontains Date: Mar 21, 2017 11:35am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: “Alright folks, here’s the one it’s all about,”

There is only one Johnny in Johnny B. Goode.
Accept no substitutes.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=c-_5jtwvwlM

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Poster: SomeDarkHollow Date: Mar 21, 2017 11:47am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: “Alright folks, here’s the one it’s all about,”

Hard to argue that.

Can't help but picture Jerry with Johnny's shoes from the video. And then he falls over and just kind of rolls around on his back like a flipped turtle.

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Poster: Vermoontains Date: Mar 21, 2017 11:59am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: “Alright folks, here’s the one it’s all about,”

Like walking on blocks of wood. I thought he would fall down too. He was floating around that stage though, like walking on air. Or was that me. And the Russian hat for the bass player.
Smoking Jack Flash too. There is a lot of power in a 3 piece band.
I wonder if that is the Palace Theater in Waterbury, CN that the Dead played so well. I can see why. Nice and small.

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Poster: SomeDarkHollow Date: Mar 21, 2017 12:11pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: “Alright folks, here’s the one it’s all about,”

Yeah, I think that bass player was about 6 years too late with that fashion statement. Looks like he went shopping at a Goodwill near John Phillips' house: http://www.theage.com.au/ffximage/2007/01/20/cmMAMASPAPAS_wideweb__470x267,0.jpg

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Poster: Vermoontains Date: Mar 21, 2017 12:23pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: “Alright folks, here’s the one it’s all about,”

The link didn't work for me but as soon as I read it I saw the hat.
Great call. Johnny Winter was a force on guitar.
This can be hard to look at, a little blinding. Shirtless and ribs and all. But the music pours.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zGEUFq7jYGI

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Poster: SomeDarkHollow Date: Mar 21, 2017 12:32pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: “Alright folks, here’s the one it’s all about,”

http://3.bp.blogspot.com/_jX9QklC3G4E/SyqGl5G7UJI/AAAAAAAACEo/LErKqY5Xy3E/s1600-h/mamas+papas+hat.jpg